Playcentre always fun for Loreena
Porirua mother Loreena Dawson is regarded as a ninja or a superhero by many Titahi Bay children.
To Titahi Bay Playcentre parents and caregivers she is a friend and a volunteer with nearly eight years under her belt working as an educator of her community’s children.
During Volunteer Awareness Week recently, Dawson finished her time at the playcentre.
‘‘ I joined Titahi Bay Playcentre because I had good friends who took their children there and loved it,’’ she said. ‘‘As a school teacher I wanted to be involved in my children’s education.’’
Her four children have had a playcentre education and she said they were all confident, imaginative learners, who thought outside the box.
‘‘While the children received a preschool education from adults with a wide variety of skills, I also received an education.
‘‘ Part of volunteering at playcentre is completing earlychildhood education credits.’’
After completing them and volunteering for almost every role in the centre, Dawson ended up changing her career. ‘‘I am halfway through a graduate diploma in early childhood education, so I can continue to work with preschoolers and get paid to do it.’’
Loreena Dawson wears the cloak made for her by the Titahi Bay Playcentre children.